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Efton Leighton Lindsey (1894 - 1945)
Martha Lindauer
Efton Leighton Lindsey
b. 02 Oct 1894 at Springfield, MO, USA
m. 25 Mar 1918 Martha Lindauer (1896 - 1995) at El Paso, TX, USA
d. 16 Apr 1945 at Gladstone, NM, USA aged 50
Events in Efton Leighton Lindsey (1894 - 1945)'s life
Date Age Event Place Src
02 Oct 1894 Efton Leighton Lindsey was born Springfield, MO, USA
16 Apr 1945 50 Efton Leighton Lindsey died Gladstone, NM, USA
Burial Hollis, OK, USA
Personal Notes:
The 1900 Census shows Efton L. Lindsey (age 5) living with his parents and four siblings in Wilson Township, Dallas County, Missouri.
The 1910 Census shows Efton Lindsey (age 16) boarding with Emma F. Blair (age 58) and her son, Guy W. (age 21). Efton is a delivery boy at a grocery store.
The 1920 Census shows Efton L. Lindsey (age 25) and wife, Martha (age 23), living at 24 East Vaughn, Guadalupe County, New Mexico. His occupation is manager of Fred Harvey.
This article appeared in The Deming Headlight, Deming, Luna County, New Mexico, on Friday, March 29, 1918:
Corporal Efton L. Lindsey, of the quartermaster corps at Camp Cody, and Miss Martha Lindauer, the younger daughter of Sigmund Lindauer, one of Deming's pioneer merchants, were married on Monday at El Paso. The bride is one of Deming's handsomest and most popular young ladies and the groom has also a wide circle of friends here who have been wishing the young couple much happiness. Mr. Lindsey was night clerk in the Harvey House here for some time, and resigned that position to go to California about a year ago. He enlisted in the quartermaster corps at Camp Cody several months ago. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey will make their home in Deming until the former is called away with the troops.
The following article appears on page 440 of the 1945 Historical Encyclopedia of New Mexico, published by New Mexico Historical Association, Ellis Arthur-Davis, Editor:
Efton L. Lindsey, who has spent his entire adult life in the hotel business, is the sole owner and manager of the Meadows Hotel in Las Vegas, finest and most up to date hostelry in this section of New Mexico. The Meadows was opened in 1923 and the property was acquired by Mr. Lindsey in 1939. It has four floors, seventy guest rooms, adequate public rooms and cafe, bar and club rooms. The hotel affords employment for fifteen people. Efton L. Lindsey was born in Springfield, Missouri, on the second of October, 1894, the son of W. C. Lindsey, who was in the general mercantile business in Missouri and later in Oklahoma. Mr. Lindsey acquired his education in the public schools at Hollis, Oklahoma, and served in the United States Army during the first World War. His first employment was with the Fred Harvey System at Deming, New Mexico, where he started as a clerk. He was there for six years and then was transferred to Vaughn and was manager at the Harvey House there for a year. He next spent ten years at the Grand Canyon as manager of the El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, both of these houses being a part of the Harvey System, and then went in the hotel business for himself. Mr. Lindsey also has extensive interests in California where he formerly owned a large fruit farm, and recently disposed of his twenty-two hundred acre wheat farm located near Amarillo, Texas. On the twenty-fifth of March, 1918, Mr. Lindsey was married in El Paso, Texas, to Miss Martha Lindauer, a native of Deming, New Mexico, and daughter of S. A. Lindauer, widely known merchant and cattle man of Deming. Mr. Lindsey has an active part in the civic life of Las Vegas and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club and the American Legion. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, member of both the York and Scottish Rite bodies, and a life member of the Shrine. Mr. Lindsey is also an Elk and a member of the Executive Board.
These obituaries appeared in the noted newspapers:
Las Vegas Daily Optic, Las Vegas, New Mexico, on Tuesday, April 17, 1945
Efton L. Lindsey, 51, manager of the Meadows Hotel, was killed instantly in an automobile collision during a heavy snowstorm six miles east of Gladstone, New Mexico, last night at six o'clock. Lindsey was traveling east on highway 58 enroute to Clayton, where he planned to join friends and attend a dinner party. Jack Wiley of Farley, New Mexico, driver of the west-bound car which collided head on with the Lindsey car, was seriously injured. He was removed to a Clayton hospital. The wreck was discovered by a passing motorist, who called State Patrolman T. A. Griffith of Raton to the scene of the accident. Due to heavy snow on the highway, Griffith did not arrive until about nine p. m. He said Lindsey apparently died instantly. His watch stopped at six o'clock, indicating the time of the accident. The accident was attributed to poor visibility. Both automobiles were demolished. Lindsey's body was brought to Las Vegas early today by Griffith. Lindsey came to Las Vegas 12 years ago from Grand Canyon, Arizona, as manager of the Castaneda, and four years ago leased the Meadows, which he had operated since. He was employed by the Fred Harvey System 27 years prior to leasing the Meadows. His wife, who resides at San Diego, California, is expected to arrive here tomorrow night. A sister, Mrs. Audrey Meyers of Oklahoma City, and a brother, Benis (sic) Lindsey of Hollis, Oklahoma, were en route here today. The remains are at the Johnsen Memorial Mortuary pending funeral arrangements.
Hollis Weekly News, Hollis, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1945, Page 1:
Eston Lindsey, 50 year old brother of Vernis Lindsey, and a former Hollis resident, was killed Monday evening in an automobile accident just out of Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he made his home. Vernis Lindsey and J. E. Jones, Jr., a cousin, left early Tuesday morning for Las Vegas, and it was believed the body would be returned to Hollis for burial. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will C. Lindsey, were among the earliest pioneers in Hollis and are buried in Fairmount. Mr. Lindsey is a cousin of Mrs. H. F. Charlton, Verle Jones and Mrs. Versa Giles. Besides Vernis, the only other immediate members of his family include a sister, Mrs. Audrey Myers of Oklahoma City.
The Harmon County Leader, Hollis, Oklahoma, on Thursday, April 19, 1945, Page 1:
Funeral services will be held for Efton L. Lindsey, brother of Virnus Lindsey of the Lindsey barber shop, at the Baptist Church, Hollis, at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, it has been announced. Efton Lindsey was killed last Monday on the highway between Las Vegas and Clayton, while driving in a blinding snow storm, according to word received here. Immediately following the accident, Virnus Lindsey and J. E. Jones, Jr. left for Las Vegas, and the body is being shipped here for burial. In addition to the brother here and wife and one sister survive, the sister being Mrs. Audrey Myers of Oklahoma City. There are no children. This is the 3rd of the Lindsey boys to die within about 16 months. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Lindsey, were among the early settlers of this section, and Mr. Lindsey established one of the first Mercantile businesses in Hollis. Efton Lindsey and his wife have been operating the Meadows Hotel in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Daily Optic, Las Vegas, New Mexico, on Thursday, April 19, 1945:
Funeral services for Efton L. Lindsey, manager of the Meadows Hotel, who was killed near Clayton Monday night, will be held tomorrow afternoon from the chapel of the Johnsen Memorial mortuary at three o'clock. His wife, a sister, Mrs. Audrey Meyers, Oklahoma City, and a brother, Bernis (sic) Lindsey, of Hollis, Oklahoma, are here for the services and will accompany the body to Hollis for burial in the family plot. The Masonic Order will officiate at the burial in Hollis. Reverend F. B. Eteson, rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church, will officiate at the funeral services here tomorrow. Members of the Masonic Order, the Shrine and Elks, with which Mr. Lindsey was affiliated, will attend the services. The remains will lie in state at the Johnsen Memorial Mortuary until time for the funeral. Friends may call.
Las Vegas Daily Optic, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Friday, April 20, 1945:
Funeral services for the late Efton L. Lindsey, who came to his death in an automobile accident near Clayton, New Mexico, on April 16th were conducted this afternoon in the Johnsen Memorial Chapel. A large gathering of friends which included many Las Vegas businessmen were present to pay their respects to the deceased who had taken a prominent place in the civic affairs of the community in recent years. Reverend F. B. Eteson, rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church officiated at the services. Louisa Bolton of Camp Luna rendered two solos for the occasion. Members of the Masonic fraternity, Aboud Temple of the Mystic Shrine and Las Vegas Lodge #409 Elks with which orders Mr. Lindsey was affiliated were present in large numbers. A beautiful floral offering sent by friends, fraternal societies and business associates of Mr. Lindsey in Las Vegas and elsewhere adorned the entire chapel giving evidence of the esteem in which Mr. Lindsey was held and the sorrow felt in his passing. Besides Mrs. Lindsey, Vernus M. Lindsey of Hollis, Oklahoma, brother, and Mrs. Audrey Myers, sister of Mr. Lindsey were present for the service. The following out of town friends of Mr. Lindsey were here for the funeral: Herman Lindauer of Deming, New Mexico; Walter Ryan of Roswell, New Mexico; J. H. Rossback of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and W. D. Owen of Amarillo, Texas. The body will be taken to Hollis, Oklahoma for burial, leaving here on train number 20 tomorrow noon. A group of Shriners will escort the body to the train.
Las Vegas Daily Optic, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Saturday, April 21, 1945:
The remains of the late Efton L. Lindsey, proprietor of the Meadows Hotel, who passed away last Monday, were taken to Hollis, Oklahoma, on the Santa Fe "Chief" today. Those accompanying the body to Hollis were Mrs. E. L. Lindsey, Vernus M. Lindsey, Mrs. Audrey Myers, J. H. Rossback, and W. D. Owens. Members of the Las Vegas Shrine Club served as casket bearers, and accompanied the remains to the train. Burial will be made at Hollis, Oklahoma, Sunday afternoon, arranged by the Masonic order.

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